GARY L. SMITH COLLECTION
No. 9387. Nieuport Triplane (N 1118) French Air Force
Photographed at Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France, source unknown

Nieuport Triplane

10/31/2009. During 1915, designer Gustave Delage of the Société Anonyme des Établissements Nieuport had fitted a Nieuport 10 fuselage with triplane wings of unusual fore-and-aft geometry for experimental purposes, the arrangement being patented on 10 January 1916. It was test flown from a field next to the factory at Issy-les-Moulineaux, just a few miles from the famous Eiffel Tower, vaguely visible in this photo. This was the first of the extraordinary Nieuport triplanes, view also the second example in photo 7834 and 8626.

Created October 31, 2009